Local law enforcement re-acts to recent NYC cop killings - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Local law enforcement re-acts to recent NYC cop killings

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Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance   Source: WLBT Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance Source: WLBT
Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis   Source: WLBT Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis Source: WLBT
The recent assassinations of two New York City Police officers hits home with many law enforcement agencies in the metro area. As many people mourn, officers are speaking out about the cold blooded killings.

We sat down with Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who say while this is still a pressing matter, this is a tight knit community and local law enforcement makes it a point to have a relationship with its citizens.

It's being reported as an execution style shooting. Two New York City police officers sitting in their parked patrol car Saturday were ambushed and shot to death.

"Another senseless act of violence, said Chief Vance. "I pray for all who are involved in this situation."

Vance says regardless of what is happening in other parts of the country, it is always a challenging time for those representing the black and blue.

"Being a police officer is always a challenging job," said Vance. "Anytime you go and put the uniform on and everyday could be your day to get shot or injured. It's the nature of the business."

"We as law enforcement officers have trying times everyday because we never know what we are going in to," said Sheriff Lewis.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says it's critical for his deputies especially in rural areas of the county to stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

"Our officers here in the State of Mississippi are trained to a certain expect to be aware and carry themselves on duty and off duty, added Sheriff Lewis. "We stress to them during briefings to adhere to the training at all times."

But when compared to New York City, Sheriff Lewis and Chief Vance both agree the relationship their agencies have with the community and its citizens is something other states and counties don't experience.

Lewis says, "We have a little bit more communication and diversity with our communities to have that dialog where we really have a working relationship with the communities. It supports us and we support them."

Vance adds, "We are working very hard to have a good solid partnership, a trusting relationship with our citizens. That's why I believe that we are in a good position here because both sides are working for the same thing."

The alleged gunman behind the New York City killings is 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley. He is believed to have began his shooting spree in Baltimore, Maryland where he shot is ex-girlfriend before driving to New York. Reports indicate Brinsley was born in New York City and his mother still lives in Brooklyn where the officers were shot.

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